Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Guarded

"And the peace of God, which transcends all your understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -- Philippians 4:7

Have you ever known someone who is besieged by every conceivable difficulty known to man?  Perhaps they have chronic health issues which have drained every cent from their savings account, and then some.  Or maybe they have a prodigal child who has wandered far from their heavenly Father and the godly heritage of his family.  We all have problems which overwhelm us at times, but there are some who seem to weather life's storms better than the rest of us.  What do they know that the rest of us don't?  The issue is not what they know, but rather whom they know.

For the past couple of years I have been struggling with a relationship that has troubled me and given me much cause for concern.  At times I have seen sweet victory in certain aspects of this relationship, but at all times I have sensed the enemy lurking on the perimeter, just waiting to swoop in and reverse the progress God has made in our lives.  Satan is relentless; so must be our pursuit of God and our dependence on his strength and promise to prevail against the enemy. 

I have learned that the peace we find in the midst of our troubling circumstances comes from knowing the Prince of Peace, Jesus, and having a personal relationship with him.  There is nothing in us that will enable us to stand strong in the face of adversity day after day after day.  Only the presence and power of God at work in and through us can accomplish his purposes and fill us with peace when everything around us comes crashing down.

The peace of God, which transcends our understanding, will also guard our hearts and minds against the fiery darts of fear, despair, and defeat which the enemy continues to hurl at us.  We cannot guard ourselves against him.  Only God can, by his presence in our lives and by the sword of his Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

Do you have the assurance of God's peace and protection?  If not, could it be that you have guarded your heart from the very One who longs to fill it not only with his peace, but his presence?  Only Jesus can give you the peace you so desperately long for.  That peace can only come from a relationship with him.  He is standing at the door and knocking (Revelation 3:20).  Answer the door, invite him in, and let his peace guard your heart and mind today.

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